Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Chair in Micromechanics



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104Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Rolls-Royce Research Chair at Imperial. Current research is in the fundamentals of deformation and failure particularly relating to hcp polycrystal and Ni alloys and includes computational crystal plasticity, discrete dislocation plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation, and polycrystal sonics for NDE. He leads the epsrc programme grant Heterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales (, directs the Imperial Rolls-Royce Nuclear University Technology Centre (, and Co-Directs the BIAM Centre for Materials (

He has been Associate Editor of Philosophical Magazine and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Strain Analysis, and a member of multiple editorial boards including International Journal of Plasticity. He is co-author of Introduction to Computational Plasticity, OUP, 2005. He is a consultant to Rolls-Royce, a member of their Core Materials Working Group, a member of the MOD's Research Programmes Group  and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow in 05/06 spent with Rolls-Royce. He is Honorary Professor with the Beijing Institute of Aerospace Materials, and is Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010, was awarded the IoM3 Harvey Flower Prize (2016), and shared the 2017 Imperial President's Award for Outstanding Research Team.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sweeney CA, Vorster W, Leen SB, et al., 2013, The role of elastic anisotropy, length scale and crystallographic slip in fatigue crack nucleation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:61, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:1224-1240

Kartal ME, Dunne FPE, Wilkinson AJ, 2012, Determination of the complete microscale residual stress tensor at a subsurface carbide particle in a single-crystal superalloy from free-surface EBSD, Acta Materialia, Vol:60, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:5300-5310

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